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One Dead, Two Injured In Post-Prom Car Accident

Posted March 10, 2001

— A Sampson County student who battled back from injuries he received in a car accident last year was killed this weekend when he and two friends were involved in another wreck.

Justin Gainey, 18, of 2924 Earnest William Road, was killed when the car he was riding in lost control and crashed. Adam Jackson and Matthew Naylor were injured.

The 1999 Ford Mustang car was headed southbound on Highway 421 at 1:30 a.m Sunday when it ran into a telephone pole, snapping it into two.

The students were on their way to the beach after their junior/senior prom.

The car and its passengers traveled 300 yards into the front yard of a man, who was Gainey's driving instructor three years ago. Authorities say the car was traveling at speeds of 100 mph.

Gainey was pronounced dead at Sampson Regional Hospital. Jackson and Naylor were taken to UNC Hospitals. Jackson is listed in critical condition, and Naylor is listed in fair condition.

Authorities say Naylor was the only one who was wearing a seatbelt.

The Highway Patrol says that there was alcohol at the scene, but they do not believe that alcohol was the cause of the incident.

Gainey, a star basketball and football player at Midway High School, was involved in a near fatal car accident last February.


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